Born on the Fourth of July

The second film in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy moves from the brutality of war in Platoon to its equally traumatic aftermath. Based on the memoir of combat veteran Ron Kovic, the film stars Tom Cruise as Kovic, whose gunshot wound in Vietnam left him paralyzed from the chest down. He is d…






Doctor:
We want to make one thing very clear to you, Ron. The possibility of your ever walking again is minimal... almost impossible. You're a T6 - paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Probably... you'll be in a wheelchair for the rest of your life. [pause] Do you understand what I'm saying?

Ron Kovic:
Well, doctor...

Doctor:
Hmm?

Ron Kovic:
Doctor, will I ever be able to - to have children?

Doctor:
No. [pause] No, but we have a good psychologist. He's helped a lot of people.

Ron Kovic:
I'll walk again.

Doctor:
No you won't...

Ron Kovic:
No, I know I'll walk again!

Doctor:
No, let me tell you something, Ron. You will never walk again.

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